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WICIF LA Chapter One-Year Anniversary Celebration

Hosted by Raychel Espiritu & 6 others
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Los Angeles, California
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Women in Climate Investing and Finance (WICIF, pronounced Why-Cef) is celebrating one year of community building in Los Angeles!

Our origin story started in San Francisco and grew to New York City. LA was next in 2022, and then came Houston, Washington DC, London, and New Delhi!

We are so incredibly proud of the women who continue to show up and dedicate their lives to building, creating, investing, and funding, climate solutions.

Join us for a half-day conference as we celebrate the women who are phenomenal change-makers.

This event will be focused on female investors and founders within the climate community in LA.

What to expect:

  • Two panel discussions: early-stage founders and investors

  • Keynote speaker from Ariel Fan, CEO of GreenWealth Energy

  • Plenty of networking, connecting, and sharing sentiments on how awesome the community is (swoon)

  • Coffee and snacks during the day & delicious food and wine in the evening

Speaking panels:

  1. Female investor panel to discuss various ways of capital deployment through different asset classes 

    1. Venture capital that focuses on Air, Land or Sea 

      1. Hayley Nystrom, Investor, Blue Bear Capital

      2. Gaby Darbyshire, GP, Dangerous VC

      3. Tenzin Seldon, Founder & Managing Partner, Pulse Fund

      4. Alena Solonina, Climate Investor

      5. Pilar Carvajo Lucena, Head of Investments & Fund Partnerships, Third Derivative

      6. Moderator - Annie Tsai, Senior Counsel, Foley & Lardner

  2. Female founders panel to discuss motivations for starting their businesses, challenges of fundraising, and how to encourage more women to become entrepreneurs.

    1. 4 female entrepreneurs at different stages of the growth cycle

      1. Daryl-Lynn, Founder, Carbon Blade

      2. Zora Chung, Founder, ReJoule

      3. Cat Turner, Founder, CZero

      4. Helene Cornell, Founder, Aris Hydronics

      5. Moderator - Sophie Nazarin, Vice President, Startup Banking, JP Morgan


Ariel Fan, CEO of GreenWealth Energy, will be sharing her journey of turning down a $3M term sheet in favor of bootstrapping & building her vision — and sharing the strategies & non-dilutive capital sources that made this possible.


2:00 - 3:00 PM - Arrival, coffee, networking

3:00 - 3:15 PM - WICIF Intro, Sponsor Intros, Maelys Intro land acknowledgment 

3:15 - 4:00 PM - Panel 1 - Founders

4:00 - 4:10 PM - Break

4:10 - 4:50 PM - Panel 2 - Investors

4:50 - 5:00 PM - Break

5:00 - 5:15 PM - Keynote: Ariel Fan, CEO of GreenWealth Energy

5:15 - 7:00 PM - Networking

Special thank you to our sponsors J.P. Morgan and Foley & Lardner.

Questions? Want to get involved? Give us a shout!

Your LA Chapter Co-Chairs,

Raychel Espiritu, Alena Solonina, Rebecca Saletta

About Women in Climate Investing & Finance: 
The purpose of Women in Climate Investing & Finance is simple: provide a space for women to authentically connect, build community, and support and empower each other within climate investing and finance. With the increased focus on ESG, climate tech / clean tech, decarbonization, and other related themes, we host quarterly get-togethers around the globe to expand our networks and learn from each other.

Our previous events have connected hundreds of women in early-stage venture capital to late-stage infrastructure financing, and everything in between, including women considering a career pivot. Given the multidisciplinary nature of fighting climate change, we particularly encourage women to attend even if they are in the early innings of mapping out the impact of climate work in their current roles. Connect with us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

About J.P. Morgan

​There’s always been an innovation economy — we just never put a name to it. Whether it was automobiles or artificial intelligence, every generation has had their own opportunities to disrupt. Founded in 1799, J.P. Morgan exists to financially empower high-growth companies that are shaping the present and building the future. We are committed to being the leading bank of the innovation economy — bringing together founders, startups, investors, and ideas. Find out how J.P. Morgan can help you build your future.

About Foley & Lardner

Foley & Lardner LLP is one of the top law firms in the United States in renewable energy project finance. Foley attorneys have a long history of successfully managing energy projects and financings, particularly for those involving wind, solar, battery storage, biomass, ethanol, biodiesel, geothermal, hydroelectric energy, and energy transition. Our services to the renewable energy market are comprehensive and include assistance with construction, finance, tax credits, power purchase arrangements, project acquisitions, mergers, securities offerings, compliance issues, community relations, litigation, joint ventures, and divestitures. Find out more at

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Los Angeles, California